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Game Preview: 11/17/18 at Minnesota Wild

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, November 16
Buffalo 2 at Winnipeg 1 (SO)
Goals: Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Winnipeg 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 67)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 19 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 19 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at WILD

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Minnesota defeated Buffalo 6-2 in Minnesota on Jan. 4
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 23rd game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has a 9-12-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-0 on the road against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-13-1 all-time on November 17.
  • November 17, 1979: John Gould scores twice and Don Edwards stops 35 shots as the Sabres top the Minnesota North Stars 4-2.
  • November 17, 2005: Taylor Pyatt scores a hat trick in Buffalo’s 8-5 home win over Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak, marking the longest active streak in the NHL. A win today would give the team its first five-game winning streak since March 19 to 27, 2012.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 10 goals in 10 road games this season tied for the league lead after last night’s game.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded five points (1+4) in his last five games against the Wild, including an assist in both matchups since he re-joined the Sabres last season.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled five points (2+3) in four games against Minnesota since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jack Eichel has three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Wild.
  • Sam Reinhart (2+1) and Jake McCabe (0+2) each recorded a point in both of Buffalo’s meetings with Minnesota last season.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn a win in his only previous game against the Wild on Jan. 12, 2016.

THE FIRST TWENTY
Tonight’s game is the Sabres’ 20th of the season. The team enters the game with an 11-6-2 record (24 points) through 19 games and currently ranks third in the Atlantic Division. The 24 points already tie the team’s 2011-12 start for the third-best total through 20 games since the 2005-06 season.

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have 26 points through 20 games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Buffalo has previously posted 26 or more points through 20 games seven times in franchise history and has made the playoffs on each of those occasions.
  • With an overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have 25 or more points through 20 games for the 13th time in franchise history. Buffalo has made the playoffs in 11 of the 12 previous occurrences.
  • With a regulation loss tonight, the Sabres would have 24 or more points through 20 games for the 15th time in franchise history. Buffalo has made the playoffs in 12 of the 14 previous occurrences.

KILLING IT

  • The Sabres have killed off their opponents’ last 14 power plays dating back to Oct. 1 at Ottawa. It’s the Sabres’ best penalty-killing stretch since the team killed 17 consecutive penalties from Dec. 8 to 22, 2017.
  • Buffalo is a perfect 13-for-13 on the penalty kill in the team’s last six games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this six-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 15 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 22:03 of power-play time. This perfect stretch has improved the team to 28-for-30 (93.3%) in their last 11 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim. Since Oct. 21, Buffalo ranks second in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, trailing only San Jose (96.5%) for the best mark during that span.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed 46 of the team’s 56 shorthanded situations (82.1%), ranking them eighth in the league as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

THA CARTER IV
Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against average in his last four games. With a win in his next appearance, Hutton would tie his longest career winning streak, matching his five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 14 goals through Buffalo’s first 19 games, Jeff Skinner finished last night’s game trailing only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • Skinner enters tonight’s game on a four-game goal streak, marking his longest goal-scoring streak since his career-best six-game streak from March 18 to 27, 2017.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Nov. 8 at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.
  • Only four players in franchise history have scored more goals through 19 team games than Skinner’s current total: Dave Andreychuk (17 in 1992-93), Rick Martin (16 in 1972-73 and 15 in 1973-74), Danny Gare (15 in 1975-76) and Thomas Vanek (15 in 2008-09).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last six games, including three two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 9-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 shootout win at Winnipeg. The Sabres are 3-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 11 W (T-5th), 24 PTS (T-5th), 82.1 PK% (8th)
  • Eichel: 75 S (7th), 16 A (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 8 W (T-5th), 406 SV (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 1 OTG (T-5th), 60 hits (T-5th), 25:28 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: plus-12 (T-1st), 11 EVG (T-1st), 14 G (2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Wild F Marcus Foligno is a native of Buffalo and spent six years (2011-2017) with the Sabres organization, recording 116 points (49+67) in 347 games played with the club. He is the son of former Saber Mike Foligno.
  • Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers (1986-87) spent one season playing for the Sabres, scoring 23 points (6+17) in 55 games. Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley was a teammate of his in Buffalo.
  • Wild assistant coach Bob Woods spent one season (2016-17) as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Wild:

  • Sabres F Johan Larsson played one gamed with the Wild after being drafted by the club in the second round (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sabres F Jason Pominville spent parts of five seasons (2012-2017) with the Wild in between his two tenures with the Sabres. He recorded 206 points (76+130) in 327 regular season games and added 23 points (9+14) in 36 playoff games. Pominville still ranks in the top 10 in Wild franchise history assists (10th) and playoff points (3rd).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella spent parts of seven seasons (2010-2017) with the Wild organization after being drafted by the club in the second round (55th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. Scandella scored 89 points (27+62) in 373 regular-season games with the Wild and added nine points (6+3) in 39 playoff games. He ranks fifth in franchise history with two overtime goals.

Sabres with Minnesota connections:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He played two seasons of high school hockey at South St. Paul High prior to turning pro.
  • Sabres F Casey Mittelstadt is a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and played high school hockey at Eden Prairie High. Before turning pro, Mittelstadt played one season of college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He put up 30 points (11+19) in 34 games and earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors.
  • Sabres F Kyle Okposo in a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He played one year at Shattuck St. Mary’s before attending the University of Minnesota. In 58 games with the Gophers, Okposo recorded 51 points (26+25) and was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and earned Second All-Star Team honors.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Wild D Greg Pateryn in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Winnipeg.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild D Ryan Suter at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Atlanta when Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason was a goaltending consultant for the Thrashers.
  • Was the assistant general manager of the Penguins when Wild F Eric Fehr was playing in Pittsburgh.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Wild D Greg Pateryn in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Wild assistant coach Dean Evason in Calgary.
  • Played with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton in Winnipeg and again for Team USA at the 1989 IIHF World Championship. The duo later reunited in Nashville where Fenton was the assistant general manager and Housley was on the Predators’ coaching staff.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Wild G Devan Dubnyk and F Eric Fehr were playing for the Predators.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers at the 1989 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented the Unites States in international play with Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson at the 2000 and 2001 IIHF World Championships.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Wild G Devan Dubnyk and F Matt Hendricks in Nashville. Wild General Manager Paul Fenton was the Predators’ assistant general manager during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal with Wild D Jonas Brodin while representing Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo reunited later that year while playing for Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States with Wild D Ryan Suter at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild F Matt Hendricks at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played for the Islanders with Wild F Nino Niederreiter.
  • Represented the United States with Wild F Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Okposo and Suter also played together at the 2009 tournament.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild F J.T. Brown at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States with Wild F Zach Parise at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Has played for Team Canada with Wild D Matt Dumba twice – at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where they won a gold medal together.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Wild F Mikael Granlund at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Wild F Mikko Koivu for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Wild G Devan Dubnyk for Team Canada at both the 2011, 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Championships.
  • Played with Wild F Eric Staal in Carolina. The duo also played for Team Canada together at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Wild F Eric Staal played for the Hurricanes.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Wild G Devan Dubnyk and F Eric Fehr were playing in Edmonton.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.
  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Wild F Jordan Greenway at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (60), McCabe (30), Girgensons (27)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (34), Ristolainen (32), Bogosian (29)
Shots: Eichel (75), Skinner (66), Okposo (47)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 5-2-2 (12), 32/25, 4/27, 24/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 2 games … 681 games played with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history)
Jeff Skinner … 2 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 4 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 5 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 10 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 3 points … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 400th NHL point … Nov. 16 at WPG

Game Preview: 11/16/18 at Winnipeg Jets

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 13
Tampa Bay 1 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Skinner, Okposo
Goalie: Hutton (29 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 1/1; Shots: Tampa Bay 30 – Buffalo 19

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 65)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 18 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 18 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/10: Acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from Dallas in exchange for D Taylor Fedun

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at JETS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Winnipeg defeated Buffalo 7-4 in Buffalo on Jan. 9
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 10 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 62nd game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 26-24-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-14-7 on the road against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-1 all-time on November 16.
  • November 16, 1974: Rick Martin scores the 1,000th goal in franchise history in a 7-5 loss at Boston.
  • November 16, 1983: Phil Housley and Sean McKenna lead the way with a goal and two assists each as the Sabres rally back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Jets 6-5 in overtime in Winnipeg.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak. A win today would give the team its first four-game winning streak since Dec. 9 to 15, 2014.
  • Jack Eichel entered play Thursday tied for sixth in the league with seven multi-point games this season, 11 shy of his career-high 18 in a season. Jeff Skinner tied for 14th with six, 10 shy of his career-high 16.
  • Jeff Skinner’s nine goals in nine road games this season tied for the league lead entering play Thursday.

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Carter Hutton made 48 saves to shut out the Jets in his only meeting with them last season. He has a 4-4-1 record and a .933 save percentage in 10 career appearances against Winnipeg. Linus Ullmark stopped 42 of 44 shots (.955) to earn the win in his only previous meeting with the Jets on Jan. 10, 2016.
  • Jason Pominville has 17 points (5+12) in his last 17 games against Winnipeg, including seven points (3+4) in his last three.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in his last 14 games against the Jets. In 26 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has posted nine multi-point outings, including four in his six matchups with the Jets since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (4+2) in six career games against the Jets, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (3+2) in five career games against Winnipeg.
  • Marco Scandella has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Jets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded four points (2+2) in four games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Conor Sheary has three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Jets.
  • Evan Rodrigues and Rasmus Ristolainen each recorded two assists in two games against Winnipeg last season.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 13 goals through Buffalo’s first 18 games, Jeff Skinner entered play Thursday trailing only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Thursday at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.
  • Only three players in franchise history have scored more goals through 18 team games than Skinner’s current total: Dave Andreychuk (17 in 1992-93), Thomas Vanek (15 in 2008-09) and Rick Martin (14 in 1972-73 and 1973-74).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last five games, including three two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 9-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s third of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Minnesota. The Sabres are 2-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/15 games)

  • Eichel: 15 EVP (T-9th), 69 S (T-9th), 15 A (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 1 OTG (T-5th), 57 hits (T-5th), 25:24 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: 10 EVG (T-1st), 13 G (2nd), plus-12 (T-2nd), 15 EVP (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

BUF-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jets goaltending coach Wade Flaherty was selected by the Sabres in the ninth round (181st overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft.
  • Jets assistant coach Charlie Huddy spent parts of two seasons with the Sabres (1994-1996), playing in 84 games and recording 16 points (7+9).
  • Jets D Tyler Myers spent six seasons (2009-2015) with the Sabres after being selected by the team in the first round (12th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, recording 151 points (45+106) in 485 games played. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie and earned All-Rookie Team honors at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.
  • Jets F Brendan Lemieux was selected by the Sabres in the second round (31st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Former Jets:

  • Sabres D Zach Bogosian spent parts of seven seasons (2008-2015) with the Jets organization after being selected by the Thrashers in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. He skated in 393 games and recorded 127 points (40+87), and currently ranks in the top five among franchise defenseman in goals (3rd), assists (5th), points (4th) and games played (3rd).
  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill grew up in Winnipeg and spent part of one season with the Jets’ franchise when they were located in Atlanta. In 25 games with the Thrashers, Botterill scored one goal and had five assists.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Won a bronze medal with Jets F Mark Scheifele while representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team USA with Jets F Andrew Copp at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team North America with Jets G Connor Hellebuyck, F Mark Scheifele and D Jacob Trouba at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Jets D Jacob Trouba at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States and Trouba was named to the tournament’s All-Star Team and earned Best Defenseman honors.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal with Jets D Jacob Trouba for the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both McCabe and Trouba were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team.
  • Represented the United States with Jets F Blake Wheeler at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Jets F Kyle Connor at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Jets assistant coach Todd Woodcroft was a scout for the Kings.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Team Canada with Jets D Josh Morrissey at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2014 and 2015. The duo won a gold medal together in 2015 and both were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team.
  • Won a gold medal with Jets F Mark Scheifele while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Jets F Patrik Laine at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for the Hurricanes when Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice held the same role in Carolina.
  • Won a silver medal with Jets F Mark Scheifele for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was the assistant general manager in Chicago.
  • Played with Jets assistant coach Charlie Huddy in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Jets F Blake Wheeler in Boston.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal with Jets F Jack Roslovic while representing the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (57), McCabe (27), Girgensons (26)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (31), Ristolainen (31), Bogosian (27)
Shots: Eichel (69), Skinner (60), Ristolainen (46)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA,
PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 4-2-2 (10), 30/24, 3/24, 23/25

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 71-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jeff Skinner … 3 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 5 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 5 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 10 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jeff Skinner … 1 point … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 4 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 11/13/18 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 10
Vancouver 3 at Buffalo 4 (SO)
Goals: Beaulieu, Skinner, Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (36 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Vancouver 39 – Buffalo 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 63)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 17 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 17 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/10: Acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from Dallas in exchange for D Taylor Fedun

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 7-5 in Tampa on April 6
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Nov. 29 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-5-3 at home
  • This is the 99th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 54-36-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-18-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-2 all-time on November 13
  • November 13, 1983: Mike Foligno and Gilbert Perreault each score a hat trick in an 11-2 Sabres win vs. Calgary.
  • November 13, 2006: Teppo Numminen appears in his 1,252nd NHL game at Carolina, surpassing Jari Kurri for the most by a European-trained player at the time.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. It’s Buffalo’s best 10-game stretch since the team posted an identical 6-2-2 record from March 16 to April 5, 2016.
  • Jack Eichel entered play Monday tied for third in the league with seven multi-point games this season, 11 shy of his career-high 18 in a season. Jeff Skinner tied for 10th with six, 10 shy of his career-high 16.
  • Entering tonight’s game, Evan Rodrigues (1+3) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0+3) have each recorded at least a point in three straight matchups with the Lightning.
  • Casey Mittelstadt scored his first career goal in the last meeting between Buffalo and Tampa Bay.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 5-2-1 record at home this season. Entering play Monday, that record tied the team with the San Jose Sharks for the ninth-best home record in the NHL.
  • With 11 points through eight home games, the team has already clinched its best 10-game start to the home schedule since they began the 2009-10 season with a 7-2-1 record in their first 10 home games.
  • The Sabres have gone 3-0-1 in their last four home games. A point tonight would give the Sabres points in five consecutive home games for the first time since they earned points in seven straight from Jan. 7 to Feb. 7, 2017 (6-0-1).

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 12 goals through Buffalo’s first 17 games, Jeff Skinner entered play Monday trailing only David Pastrnak (16 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Thursday at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.
  • Only five players in franchise history have scored more goals through 17 team games than Skinner’s current total: Dave Andreychuk (17 in 1992-93), Rick Martin (14 in 1972-73 and 1973-74), Danny Gare (13 in 1980-81), Gilbert Perreault (13 in 1977-78) and Thomas Vanek (13 in 2008-09).
  • Only Rick Vaive (14 in 1988-89) has scored more goals through his first 17 games played with the Sabres.

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded three two-point games in his last four games played, totaling six points (1+5) during that stretch. The Sabres are 8-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

THREE’S COMPANY
Entering play Monday, Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel each ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in points since Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those 10 games, Skinner has recorded 16 points (11+5), and Pominville (7+7) and Eichel (1+13) have totaled 14 points each.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/12 games)

  • Eichel: 15 EVP (T-6th), 15 A (T-7th), 66 S (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 1 OTG (T-4th), 25:15 TOI/GP (8th), 2 GWG (T-10th)
  • Skinner: 12 G (T-2nd), 10 EVG (T-2nd), plus-11 (T-5th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern and D Mikhail Sergachev in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Won a silver medal with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Lightning D Anton Stralman twice: at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, where they won a bronze medal, and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Lightning assistant general manager Pat Verbeek in Dallas.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern played in Dallas.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Lightning D Cameron Gaunce was playing for the Penguins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal together for the United States.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning F Tyler Johnson at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played under Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played in Minnesota when Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards was the head coach of the Wild.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Lightning D Cameron Gaunce in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Lightning F Steven Stamkos at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a silver medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Lightning F Ondrej Palat.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (48), McCabe (26), Girgensons (24)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (29), McCabe (28), Bogosian (24)
Shots: Eichel (66), Skinner (57), Pominville (45)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA,
PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 3-2-2 (8), 28/23, 3/23, 22/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 71-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jeff Skinner … 4 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 6 games … 300 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 2 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 4 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 200th NHL game … Nov. 8 at MTL

Game Preview: 11/10/18 vs. Vancouver

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 8
Buffalo 6 at Montreal 5 (OT)
Goals: Sobotka (2), Skinner (2), Sheary, Ristolainen
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/32 shots)/Hutton (5 saves/5 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/5; Shots: Montreal 37 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 61)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 16 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 16 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/6: Activated F Sean Malone from IR; assigned Malone to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
CANUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vancouver 4-0 in Vancouver on Jan. 25
  • Next meeting: Friday, Jan. 18 in Vancouver
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 121st game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 49-52-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-21-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-4-2 all-time on November 10.
  • November 10, 1976: Gerry Desjardins stops 38 shots in a 5-0 win vs. St. Louis, setting a then-franchise record for most saves in a shutout. The record would not be matched for more than 21 years, until Dominik Hasek tied it on Dec. 5, 1997 vs. Tampa Bay and then topped it with 42 saves two weeks later vs. Montreal on Dec. 19, 1997. Chad Johnson currently holds the record, with 44 on Dec. 17, 2015 vs. Anaheim.
  • November 10, 1997: Jason Dawe records a natural hat trick in a 4-4 tie vs. Edmonton.
  • November 10, 2010: Lindy Ruff coaches his 1,000th NHL game, a 5-4 shootout win at New Jersey, becoming the 18th NHL head coach to reach that milestone.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-2-1 against the Pacific Division so far in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo has won each of the team’s first three afternoon games this season.
  • Jack Eichel entered play Friday tied for the league lead with seven multi-point games this season, 11 shy of his career-high 18 in a season. Jeff Skinner tied for eighth with six, 10 shy of his career-high 16.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 11 points (2+9) in 11 career games against Vancouver, including at least a point in each of the last three.
  • Patrik Berglund has four points (3+1) in his last three games against the Canucks.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters today’s game with an assist in each of his last three meetings with the Canucks. Marco Scandella has an assist in each of the last two matchups and Evan Rodrigues has tallied an assist in both of his career games against Vancouver.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?
After scoring his 10th and 11th goals of the season on Thursday at Montreal, Jeff Skinner moved into the top five in the NHL in goals this season. With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season, he reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13. Only five players in franchise history have scored more goals through 16 games than Skinner’s current total: Rick Martin (2x), Gilbert Perreault (2x), Thomas Vanek (2x), Dave Andreychuk, Danny Gare.

SHEARY ON TOP
Conor Sheary, who appeared in his 200th NHL game on Thursday at Montreal, has scored a goal in each of the Sabres’ last three games, marking the longest goal streak of his career. With a point today, Sheary would match his longest career point streak (most recent: Jan. 16 to 22, 2017).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded four assists in his last three games, including two in Buffalo’s 6-5 win at Montreal on Thursday. The Sabres are now 7-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 23-2-3 (.875) in his career when he records at least two.

THREE’S COMPANY
Entering play Friday, Buffalo’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel each ranked in the top three in the NHL in points since the trio began playing together as a line on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those nine games, Skinner has recorded 15 points (10+5) and Pominville (7+7) and Eichel (1+13) have totaled 14 points each.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/9 games)

  • Eichel: 15 A (4th), 15 EVP (T-5th), 61 S (7th), 19 PTS (T-9th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 1 OTG (T-4th), 25:15 TOI/GP (8th), 46 hits (9th), 2 GWG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: plus-11 (T-3rd), 9 EVG (4th), 11 G (T-5th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-5th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canucks General Manager Jim Benning spent 12 seasons (1994-2006) as a member of the Sabres’ front office staff. He spent his first four seasons with the organization as a scout before being promoted to director of amateur scouting. The Sabres drafted F Jason Pominville during Benning’s tenure with the team.
  • Canucks F Tim Schaller spent three seasons (2013-2016) with the Sabres organization. He skated in 35 games and recorded five points (2+3).

Sabres with Vancouver connections:

  • Sabres F Sam Reinhart is a native of West Vancouver, British Columbia and played minor hockey at the Hollyburn Country Club and for the Vancouver Northwest Giants. His father is former Canuck Paul Reinhart.

Canucks with Western New York Connections:

  • Canucks D Christopher Tanev (2009-2010) played one season of college hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He recorded 28 points (10+18) in 41 games and was named Atlantic Hockey Conference’s Rookie of the year and earned All-Rookie Team and Third All-Star Team honors.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Manny Malhotra in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Canucks F Loui Eriksson on four separate occasions: at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, at the 2014 Winter Olympics and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. They’ve medaled three of the four times they’ve played together, winning a bronze medal in 2009 and a silver in 2011 and 2014. Canucks G Jacob Markstrom was also a member of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey team.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played for the Sabres when Canucks General Manager Jim Benning was the team’s director of amateur scouting.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Canucks assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner and F Loui Eriksson were playing in Dallas.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Canucks D Derrick Pouliot played for the Penguins.

Rasmus Dahlin:

  • Represented Sweden with Canucks F Elias Pettersson at both the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in 2018.

Jack Eichel:

  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Canucks G Thatcher Demko and F Tyler Motte at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Canucks F Antoine Roussel in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canucks D Michael Del Zotto was playing for the Predators.
  • Played with Canucks Head Coach Travis Green in Toronto.
  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner in Washington.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canucks D Michael Del Zotto in Nashville.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Canucks F Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Canucks G Thatcher Demko and F Tyler Motte for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Team Canada with Canucks F Bo Horvat at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canucks D Ben Hutton and D Christopher Tanev while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canucks F Markus Granlund at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canucks D Derrick Pouliot in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Manny Malhotra in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Played for the Blackhawks when Canucks assistant coach Newell Brown was on the coaching staff in Chicago.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Canucks G Richard Bachman was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canucks General Manager Jim Benning and assistant general manager John Weisbrod were a part of the Bruins front office staff.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (46), Girgensons (24), McCabe (22)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (28), McCabe (27), Bogosian (24)
Shots: Eichel (61), Skinner (53), Pominville (43)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 2-2-2 (6), 24/20, 3/21, 18/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jeff Skinner … 5 games … 600 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 7 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 3 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 4 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 200th NHL game … Nov. 8 at MTL

Game Preview: 11/8/18 at Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, November 4
Buffalo 1 at NY Rangers 3
Goals: Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (19 saves/21 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 40 – NY Rangers 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 59)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 15 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/6: Activated F Sean Malone from IR; assigned Malone to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal 4-3 in Buffalo on Oct. 25
  • Next meeting: Friday, Nov. 23 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 4-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 281st game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 127-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-72-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-4 all-time on November 8.
  • November 8, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 10-second span in a 3-3 tie at Washington.
  • November 8, 2001: The Sabres get goals from seven different scorers and Martin Biron makes 16 saves as Buffalo shuts out the Atlanta Thrashers by a score of 8-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After their 4-3 win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are seeking wins in consecutive matchups with the Canadiens for the first time since Feb. 3 and 12, 2016.
  • Conor Sheary is expected to appear in his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Patrik Berglund has six points (4+2) in his last six games against the Canadiens.
  • Carter Hutton has appeared in five career games against Montreal, posting a 2-0-2 record with a .931 save percentage and a 1.79 goals-against average.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 21 of 22 shots (.954) in his only previous meeting with the Canadiens.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 15 points (9+6) in 16 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Jason Pominville has totaled 11 points (9+2) in 12 games against the Canadiens during the same span.

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
The Sabres have recorded at least 40 shots in five of their last seven games, including each of their last three. It’s the first time the team has done so in three consecutive games since March 20 to 25, 2009. With 40 shots tonight, they would extend that streak to four games for the first time since Jan. 19 to 26, 1975.

THREE’S COMPANY
Entering play Wednesday, Buffalo’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel each ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in points since the trio began playing together as a line on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those eight games, Skinner (8+5) and Pominville (7+6) have totaled 13 points each, and Eichel has recorded 12 points (1+11).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/7 games)

  • Eichel: 13 A (T-7th), 59 S (8th) 13 EVP (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 311 SV (10th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:10 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Skinner: plus-10 (T-5th), 7 EVG (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-5th), 2.00 GAA (7th)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canadiens F Joel Armia was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and skated in one game for the team.
  • Canadiens F Paul Byron spent one season (2010-2011) with the Sabres after being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He played in eight games and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Canadiens F Nicolas Deslauriers spent four seasons with the Sabres organization (2013-2017), playing in 211 games and recording 30 points (12+18). He was the only player to skate in all 82 games during the 2014-15 season and led the team with 206 hits in 2015-16.

Former Canadiens:

  • Sabres D Nathan Beaulieu was selected by Montreal in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He spent five seasons with the club (2012-2017), skating in 225 games and recording 60 points (7+53).

Local Players:

  • Sabres F Jason Pominville is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, and played junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella grew up in Montreal. He played three seasons of junior hockey playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL).

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Montreal D Jordie Benn in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canadiens D Shea Weber was playing for the Predators.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi and F Andrew Shaw in Chicago. Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite was also on the Blackhawks coaching staff during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Canadiens D Shea Weber in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA at the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship with Canadiens D Mike Reilly. McCabe captained the team and the duo won a gold medal together.
  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canadiens F Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both Domi and Reinhart were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The duo also won a gold medal together while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canadiens F Artturi Lehkonen at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2014. Canadiens F Joel Armia was also on Finland’s 2013 roster.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played in Carolina when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was the head coach of the Hurricanes.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin was in the front office and goaltending coach Stephane Waite held the same role in Chicago. Canadiens G Antti Niemi also played for the Blackhawks during Smith’s time with the team.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Canadiens D Jeff Petry was playing in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien was the head coach of the Bruins.
  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.
  • Has played for the Czech national team with Canadiens F Tomas Plekanec on three separate occasions: at the 2014 and 2017 IIHF World Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (42), Girgensons (24), McCabe (21)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (26), McCabe (25), Bogosian (21)
Shots: Eichel (59), Skinner (50), Pominville (41)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 1-2-2 (4), 18/15, 3/18, 13/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 113-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 1 game … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 6 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 8 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 5 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 6 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 100th NHL point … Nov. 3 vs. OTT